Conferences

The 9th Annual Conference of the ISSDP will be held in Ghent on 20-22 May 2015

On behalf of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), we are excited to invite you to join us in the charming and picturesque city of Ghent, Belgium on 20-22 May, 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Institute for Social Drug research (ISD) which is part of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghent. The ISD, founded in 2002, is a research group that conducts and promotes internationally relevant scientific research regarding different aspects of drug consumption, the supply of drugs, and local, national and transnational drug policies.

The venue for the conference (“Het Pand”, a former Dominican monastery and nowadays a historical monument) is situated in the historical town center at the banks of the river Leie. Historical places such as the Castle of the Counts, St Bavo’s Cathedral, Belfry as well as museums, restaurants and hotels are within 5-minute walking distance.

The ISSDP Conference is a unique occasion to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and dedicated scholarly community, and to immerse yourself in the state of the art across the full spectrum of drug policy research, with the participation of leading international scholars. Besides the plenary sessions, the 2015 ISSDP conference will offer space for panel discussions, poster sessions, workshops, etc.

The International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) seeks to encourage and support outstanding research in drug policy. One of the ways we do this is by recognising, each year, the best paper presented by an early career scholar (i.e. within five years of his/her PhD) at the annual ISSDP scientific conference. The award for the best presentation by an early career scholar will be announced during the closing session of the conference.

Further details about the conference and about the scholarships to support participation by doctoral students and scholars from developing countries will be available soon.

We hope to see you all in Ghent in May 2015.

 

PAST CONFERENCES

Eighth Annual Conference of the ISSDP held in Rome on 21-23 May 2014

The conference took place at the CNR centre in Rome and included a wide range of highly engaging, scholarly presentations on cutting edge drug policy issues.

Papers will be made available to ISSDP members and conference participants. Please email enquiries@issdp.org for details.

 

Seventh Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy - Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 15-17 May 2013

The Seventh Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy was held at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia on 15-17 May 2013

The conference was very successful in bringing together many scholars from Latin American countries with drug policy experts from around the world.

Conference papers are available to ISSDP members and conference participants. Please email enquiries@issdp.org for details.

 

Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy - Canterbury, UK, 30-31 May 2012

The sixth annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) was held at Cathedral Lodge. The event was hosted by the University of Kent (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research).

The conference discussed a wide range of drug policy issues, with a particular focus on 'how can and do empirical studies influence drug policy?' There was also a plenary, critical discussion of the report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Conference papers are available to ISSDP members and conference participants. Please email enquiries@issdp.org for details.

 

Fifth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy - Utrecht, Netherlands, 23-24 May 2011

The fifth annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) was held at the Mitland Hotel, Utrecht, the Netherlands, May 23-24, 2011. The event was hosted by the Trimbos Institute.

Keynote speakers were:

  • Professor Ambros Uchtenhagen, Zurich Institute for Addiction Research
  • Professor Peter Reuter, University of Maryland

The conference was followed by specialist workshops on 'Assessing options for supply of marijuana to legal cannabis markets' and on 'Unintended consequences of drug policy' on 25th May.

Abstracts and some papers from this conference are available here.

 

Fourth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy - Santa Monica, California, 15-16 March 2010

This conference was co-hosted by RAND Drug Policy Research Center and UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Program. Papers from the conference are available from the conference website.

The plenary speakers were:

  • Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime
  • Keith Humphreys, Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, USA
  • María Elena Medina-Mora, General Director, National Institute of Psychiatry, Mexico; and former member, International Narcotics Control Board
  • Zunyou Wu, Director, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Immediately after the conference on 17th March, there was an ISSDP workshop on sociological and anthropological contributions to drug policy studies, under the title Drugs, Culture and Society. On the afternoon of 17th March, there was also a workshop on Developments in Longitudinal Modeling of Drug Use and Associated Outcomes.

 

Third Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy - Vienna, 2-3 March 2009

This conference took place on March 2-3 2009 in at the offices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austrial. The papers and presentations from ISSDP's Third Annual Conference are available here.

The conference programme can be viewed here.

 

Second Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy

This conference took place on April 3-4 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal. It was supported by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the Instituto da Droga e da Toxicodependência (IDT).

The publicly available papers and presentations from ISSDP's Second Annual Conference are available here.

The conference programme can be viewed here.

 

First Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy

The first annual conference and meeting of the newly formed International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) was held in Oslo, March 22-23, 2007. The event was supported by the Nordic Council for Alcohol and Drug Research (NAD) with the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (SIRUS) as local host.

Please click here for conference papers

 

 

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